The New York City Research and Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING) officially formed in early 2003. It is a practice-based research network (PBRN) sponsored by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Family and Social Medicine and is governed by a steering committee with representation from clinical administration, educators, researchers, and practicing clinicians.
NYC RING has built to date a partnership of 35 practices sponsored by five medical centers and one private practice, providing over 600,000 visits to primarily low-income, minority primary care patients. NYC RING is one of only a few PBRNs in the US focused exclusively on the urban underserved. Network development plans are to expand membership to community-based primary care practices and academic family medicine teaching programs throughout the New York City area.
NYC RING’s core staff includes its Director, a Network Administrator, a Network Coordinator, a Project Implementation Assistant, and secretarial support. The network is founded on the premise that actively involving primary care providers in all phases of the research process will enhance the relevance of the questions, improve implementation of protocols, and significantly improve the translation of results into practice. NYC RING has access to a wide array of research, data, clinical and administrative resources available through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.
To define and strengthen the knowledge base and improve the practice of urban primary care by:
- Identifying and addressing research and quality improvement questions important to primary care providers, patients, families, and their communities
- Defining and pursuing a research agenda focused on the specific health, disease, and health services issues of urban underserved patients and communities, and
- Providing a research resource for undergraduate and graduate medical education in primary and community health.